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Rebecca L. Simmons, Ph.D. is now an Associate at Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C.

June 19, 2019

BOSTON, MA, June 19, 2019 – Leading intellectual property law firm Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C. is pleased to announce that Rebecca L. Simmons, Ph.D. has become an Associate at the firm. Becky has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Boston College summa cum laude, Bachelor of Science in French, from Boston College, summa cum laude, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, magna cum laude.

John DuPré, president and principal at Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, stated, “Becky has been a strong contributor to our chemical and life sciences practices as a patent agent, and we are very pleased that she will continue to provide substantial support to the patent prosecution matters of our clients. She also has assisted extensively in patent litigation and in the preparation of freedom-to-operate, invalidity, and due diligence opinions.”

Becky’s clients range from single inventors to global pharmaceutical companies, and include start-ups, venture capital firms, and research universities. In the pharmaceutical field, Becky has particular experience with the preparation and prosecution of both U.S. and foreign patents involving small molecules, including enantiomers/diastereomers, polymorphs and prodrugs, antibiotics, cannabinoid receptor agonists, and anti-cancer drugs, and in counseling on pharmaceutical patent life cycles. She also has experience with process, formulation, and combination therapy patents in the chemical arts, and patents involving devices for use within the pharmaceutical and semiconductor industries.

As a graduate student at Harvard University, Becky developed a strategy for bioconjugation and used the approach to isolate the known protein targets of two natural products in pull down experiments. Prior to completing her Ph.D., Becky worked in the Research Division at Hitachi Global Storage Technology and in the Storage Technology Division at IBM. She also worked as an undergraduate research assistant at Boston College and Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI) in Paris, France. Becky has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Eli Lilly Organic Chemistry Fellowship, Robert B. Woodward Fellowship, Fulbright Foreign Scholarship, and Gabelli Presidential Scholarship.

Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C. is among New England’s largest law firms devoted to the practice of intellectual property law. The firm specializes in patents, trademarks, intellectual property litigation, copyrights, licensing, due diligence, opinions, trade secrets, and intellectual property counseling. The firm’s legal staff provides extensive scientific and technical expertise in biotechnology, chemistry, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, physics, optics, nanotechnology, and electrical, chemical and mechanical engineering.